Dean Cross at Primavera 2021: Young Australian Artists exhibition

13 Jul 2021

Dean Cross has been selected as one of five artists to be a part of this year’s Primavera 2021: Young Australian Artists exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.

In its 30th edition, Primavera continues to be a significant platform for early-career Australian artists and curators to present exciting new work. This year’s exhibition considers the multi-faceted concept of resourcefulness, with each of this year’s chosen artists exploring ideas of sustainability and ingenuity within their practice.

For Primavera 2021, Melbourne-based Aboriginal curator, Hannah Presley brings together an exhibition that embraces each artist’s unique approach to making. Each artist employs techniques shared across generations, materials that hold memory or forms that invite new interpretations of the past. The exhibiting artists will present work of various media including textiles installation, ceramics, weaving, painting and video.

Cross is a paratactical artist interested in collisions of materials, ideas and histories. He is motivated by the understanding that his practice sits within a continuum of the oldest living culture on Earth — and enacts First Nations sovereignty through expanded contemporary art methodologies.

Primavera 2021: Young Australian Artists will be on display at the MCA until 13 Feb 2022.

Image: Dean Cross, ‘Prima Facie (B.F)’, 2021, mixed media, dimensions variable